first_imgDelta Dental of Iowa is a member of the Delta Dental Plans Association, the leading national network of independent dental service corporations. The Delta Dental member companies provide dental benefits to more than 78 million Americans in more than 146,000 employee groups throughout the country. For more information, visit the website at Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa — For the first time in its 51-year history, participants in the 2019 Drake Road Races will receive customized race photography at no additional charge, courtesy of Delta Dental of Iowa.In October, Drake University announced a new partnership with EnMotive, offering new technology that identifies bibs and faces in race photos and delivers branded, personalized alerts to each participant as their photo is captured.  Thanks to Delta Dental of Iowa, runners and walkers in the Drake Road Races will be able to download and share their photos immediately after the event.  Race photography will be available for all three distances at the Drake Road Races – the half-marathon, 10k and 5k – with all races finishing on the iconic Blue Oval in Drake Stadium on Saturday, April 20.”As a health and wellness company, it’s a perfect fit for Delta Dental of Iowa to sponsor the use of the latest technology to enhance the participant experience of this historic Drake Relays event,” said Jeff Russell, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa. “I am excited to run in this year’s race and we hope this new feature encourages participants to show off their miles of smiles on race day, cheered on by neighbors and friends.””The excitement grows daily for the Drake Road Races as our entire team reimagines the future of this historic event.  Today’s announcement elevates the excitement and participant experience even further.  We’re proud to partner with Delta Dental of Iowa to lead in the running community in Central Iowa and beyond,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays.The Drake Road Races will serve as the starting line for the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, which includes a full week of events for the 110th running of America’s Athletic Classic. The date also allows every competitor to be one of the first athletes to cross the finish line on the Blue Oval. All finishers of the 5k, 10k and half-marathon races receive a commemorative Drake Relays Road Races 51st anniversary finishers medal, a long-sleeved pullover and free admission to the Thursday night Distance Carnival at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, plus other exclusive special promotions and benefits.Registration information is available at  About Delta Dental of Iowa:Delta Dental of Iowa, a not-for-profit health and wellness company, provides dental and vision benefits to more than one million Iowans. Locally focused and nationally networked, Delta Dental of Iowa invests in oral health and wellness projects through the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation and community giving that focus on access to care, prevention, education and research. Since 2002, Delta Dental has invested more than $38 million to improve the oral health and overall health of Iowans.center_img                                                                                                          # # #About the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee:For one week a year, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee brings together Iowa’s top high school athletes with the best collegiate and professional performers from across the nation and around the world. The Drake Road Races, an iconic event in Des Moines for more than 50 years, serves as the starting line for the week-long celebration of athletics in Iowa’s Capital City.  It is followed by one of the nation’s largest 1-mile road races, the Grand Blue Mile, which has hosted the USATF 1-Mile Championship four times since its inception nine years ago. The week concludes inside historic Drake Stadium, where the competition is fierce, the athletes spectacular and the performances legendary. Fans have packed the stands for 109 years, witnessing the fall of 14 world records, 51 American records and 56 national collegiate records and countless feats of athletic excellence. It is this combination of unmatched atmosphere and the spirit of competition that truly makes the Drake Relays “America’s Athletic Classic”. For more information, visit

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